Dr Heather Shepherd

Senior Research Fellow
Public Health, School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Deputy Director, Surgical Outcomes Research Centre, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

International links

United Kingdom

(Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI), University of Dundee. Scotland, UK.) Collaboration with Professor Vikki Entwistle, Professor of Values in Health Care.

United States

(Center for Communication and Disparities Research -- University of Rochester Medical Center) Collaboration with Professor Ronald Epstein, Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Nursing Director,

Selected grants

2013

  • Development and evaluation of an Australian adult health literacy program for socially disadvantaged adults attending TAFE; McCaffery K, Smith S, Dhillon H, Hayen A, Shepherd H, Comings J, Luxford K, Nutbeam D, Wright C, Wedyan M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2010

  • Development and feasibility testing of a consumer questions program to increase consumer participation in decisions about their health; Shepherd H, Del Mar C, Barratt A, Trevena L, McGeechan K, Butow P, Bateson D, Del Mar C; Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making/Research Support.
  • FUSION - Investigating the doctor-patient-family triad to gain an understanding of shared decision making; Juraskova I, Butow P, Tattersall M, Charles C, Lam W, McCaffery K, Shepherd H, Jansen J; Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making/Research Support.

2009

  • Evaluation of 2 FIMDM Programs in Australia; Barratt A, McCaffery K, Shepherd H; Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M. (2011). Discussion of Treatment Options in Supportive Oncology. In M. P. Davis, P. Feyer, P, Ortner & C. Zimmermann (Eds.), Supportive Oncology, (pp. 500-512). Philadelphia: Elsevier.

Journals

  • Young, J., Masya, L., Solomon, M., Shepherd, H. (2014). Identifying indicators of Colorectal Cancer Care Co-ordination: A Delphi Study. Colorectal Disease, 16(1), 17-27. [More Information]
  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Lam, W., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Juraskova, I. (2013). Physician–patient–companion communication and decision-making: A systematic review of triadic medical consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 91(1), 3-13. [More Information]
  • Feldman-Stewart, D., O'Brien, M., Clayman, M., Davidson, B., Jimbo, M., Labrecque, M., Martin, R., Shepherd, H. (2013). Providing information about options in patient decision aids. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13(Suppl. 2), 1-9. [More Information]
  • McCaffery, K., Smith, S., Shepherd, H., Sze, M., Dhillon, H., Jansen, J., Juraskova, I., Butow, P., Trevena, L., Carey, K., Tattersall, M., Barratt, A. (2011). Shared decision making in Australia in 2011. German Journal for Evidence and Quality in Health Care (Zeitschrift fuer Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitaet im Gesundheitswesen), 105(4), 234-239. [More Information]
  • Leighl, N., Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Clarke, S., McJannett, M., Beale, P., Wilcken, N., Moore, M., Chen, E., Goldstein, D., Horvath, L., Tattersall, M., et al (2011). Supporting Treatment Decision Making in Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Trial of a Decision Aid for Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer Considering Chemotherapy. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29(15), 2077-2084. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Barratt, A., Trevena, L., McGeechan, K., Carey, K., Epstein, R., Butow, P., Del Mar, C., Entwistle, V., Tattersall, M. (2011). Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 84(3), 379-385. [More Information]
  • Carroll, J., Albada, A., Farahani, M., Lithner, M., Neumann, M., Sandhu, H., Shepherd, H. (2010). Enhancing international collaboration among early career researchers. Patient Education and Counseling, 80(3), 417-420. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Tattersall, M. (2010). Factors which motivate cancer doctors to involve their patients in reaching treatment decisions. Patient Education and Counseling, , 1-7. [More Information]
  • Tattersall, M., Dear, R., Jansen, J., Shepherd, H., Devine, R., Horvath, L., Boyer, M. (2009). Second opinions in oncology: the experiences of patients attending the Sydney Cancer Centre. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(4), 209-212. [More Information]
  • Dimoska, A., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Shepherd, H., Kinnersley, P. (2008). Can a "prompt list" empower cancer patients to ask relevant questions? Cancer, 113(2), 225-237. [More Information]
  • Chiew, K., Shepherd, H., Vardy, J., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Leighl, N. (2008). Development and evaluation of a decision aid for patients considering first-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 11(1), 35-45.
  • Chiew, K., Shepherd, H., Vardy, J., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Leighl, N. (2008). Development and evaluation of a decision aid for patients considering first-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 11(1), 35-45. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2008). Involving patients in reaching treatment decisions, motivations, consequences and effects on decision responsibility. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 4(S2), A136.
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2008). Physician-Identified Factors Affecting Patient Participation in Reaching Treatment Decisions. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 26(10), 1724-1731. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Barratt, A., Tattersall, M., Trevena, L., Butow, P., Del Mar, C., McGeechan, K., Hazell, K. (2008). The use of Standardised Patients (SPs) to assess, audit and improve oncologists’ consultation skills. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 4(S2), A69.
  • McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Trevena, L., Juraskova, I., Barratt, A., Butow, P., Hazell, K., Tattersall, M. (2007). Shared decision-making in Australia. Zeitschrift fuer Aerztliche Fortbildung und Qualitaet Gesundheitswesen, 101(4), 205-211. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2007). The context influences doctors' support of shared decision making in cancer care. British Journal of Cancer, 97(1), 6-13. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2007). The context influences doctors' support of shared decision-making in cancer care. British Journal of Cancer, 97(1), 6-13. [More Information]
  • Leighl, N., Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Clarke, S., McJannett, M., Beale, P., Wilcken, N., Moore, M., Chen, E., Tattersall, M., Goldstein, D. (2007). When the goal is not cure: A randomized trial of a patient decision aid in advanced colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(18S), 6509.
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2005). A survey of Australian oncologists’ views about shared decision making (SDM). Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 1(S1), 091.

2014

  • Young, J., Masya, L., Solomon, M., Shepherd, H. (2014). Identifying indicators of Colorectal Cancer Care Co-ordination: A Delphi Study. Colorectal Disease, 16(1), 17-27. [More Information]

2013

  • Laidsaar-Powell, R., Butow, P., Bu, S., Charles, C., Gafni, A., Lam, W., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Juraskova, I. (2013). Physician–patient–companion communication and decision-making: A systematic review of triadic medical consultations. Patient Education and Counseling, 91(1), 3-13. [More Information]
  • Feldman-Stewart, D., O'Brien, M., Clayman, M., Davidson, B., Jimbo, M., Labrecque, M., Martin, R., Shepherd, H. (2013). Providing information about options in patient decision aids. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 13(Suppl. 2), 1-9. [More Information]

2011

  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M. (2011). Discussion of Treatment Options in Supportive Oncology. In M. P. Davis, P. Feyer, P, Ortner & C. Zimmermann (Eds.), Supportive Oncology, (pp. 500-512). Philadelphia: Elsevier.
  • McCaffery, K., Smith, S., Shepherd, H., Sze, M., Dhillon, H., Jansen, J., Juraskova, I., Butow, P., Trevena, L., Carey, K., Tattersall, M., Barratt, A. (2011). Shared decision making in Australia in 2011. German Journal for Evidence and Quality in Health Care (Zeitschrift fuer Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitaet im Gesundheitswesen), 105(4), 234-239. [More Information]
  • Leighl, N., Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Clarke, S., McJannett, M., Beale, P., Wilcken, N., Moore, M., Chen, E., Goldstein, D., Horvath, L., Tattersall, M., et al (2011). Supporting Treatment Decision Making in Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Trial of a Decision Aid for Patients With Advanced Colorectal Cancer Considering Chemotherapy. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29(15), 2077-2084. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Barratt, A., Trevena, L., McGeechan, K., Carey, K., Epstein, R., Butow, P., Del Mar, C., Entwistle, V., Tattersall, M. (2011). Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial. Patient Education and Counseling, 84(3), 379-385. [More Information]

2010

  • Carroll, J., Albada, A., Farahani, M., Lithner, M., Neumann, M., Sandhu, H., Shepherd, H. (2010). Enhancing international collaboration among early career researchers. Patient Education and Counseling, 80(3), 417-420. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Tattersall, M. (2010). Factors which motivate cancer doctors to involve their patients in reaching treatment decisions. Patient Education and Counseling, , 1-7. [More Information]

2009

  • Tattersall, M., Dear, R., Jansen, J., Shepherd, H., Devine, R., Horvath, L., Boyer, M. (2009). Second opinions in oncology: the experiences of patients attending the Sydney Cancer Centre. Medical Journal of Australia, 191(4), 209-212. [More Information]

2008

  • Dimoska, A., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Shepherd, H., Kinnersley, P. (2008). Can a "prompt list" empower cancer patients to ask relevant questions? Cancer, 113(2), 225-237. [More Information]
  • Chiew, K., Shepherd, H., Vardy, J., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Leighl, N. (2008). Development and evaluation of a decision aid for patients considering first-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 11(1), 35-45.
  • Chiew, K., Shepherd, H., Vardy, J., Tattersall, M., Butow, P., Leighl, N. (2008). Development and evaluation of a decision aid for patients considering first-line chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer. Health expectations : an international journal of public participation in health care and health policy, 11(1), 35-45. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2008). Involving patients in reaching treatment decisions, motivations, consequences and effects on decision responsibility. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 4(S2), A136.
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2008). Physician-Identified Factors Affecting Patient Participation in Reaching Treatment Decisions. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 26(10), 1724-1731. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Barratt, A., Tattersall, M., Trevena, L., Butow, P., Del Mar, C., McGeechan, K., Hazell, K. (2008). The use of Standardised Patients (SPs) to assess, audit and improve oncologists’ consultation skills. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 4(S2), A69.

2007

  • McCaffery, K., Shepherd, H., Trevena, L., Juraskova, I., Barratt, A., Butow, P., Hazell, K., Tattersall, M. (2007). Shared decision-making in Australia. Zeitschrift fuer Aerztliche Fortbildung und Qualitaet Gesundheitswesen, 101(4), 205-211. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2007). The context influences doctors' support of shared decision making in cancer care. British Journal of Cancer, 97(1), 6-13. [More Information]
  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2007). The context influences doctors' support of shared decision-making in cancer care. British Journal of Cancer, 97(1), 6-13. [More Information]
  • Leighl, N., Shepherd, H., Butow, P., Clarke, S., McJannett, M., Beale, P., Wilcken, N., Moore, M., Chen, E., Tattersall, M., Goldstein, D. (2007). When the goal is not cure: A randomized trial of a patient decision aid in advanced colorectal cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 25(18S), 6509.

2005

  • Shepherd, H., Tattersall, M., Butow, P. (2005). A survey of Australian oncologists’ views about shared decision making (SDM). Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, 1(S1), 091.

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